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Making of a Shooter


Published ca. 1946


This Kodachrome film shows how a teenage boy learns to become a safe and accurate shooter. Famous riflemen appearing include Ned Lilly, Dick Shaughnessy, Thurman Randle, and Fred Armstrong.


Run time 24:10
Producer Handy (Jam) Organization
Sponsor Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute
Audio/Visual Sd, C

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Reviewer: doowopbob - favorite - March 15, 2010
Subject: ....Just What This....
....Country Needs..!...Another Sniper..!
Reviewer: Finiancircle - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 4, 2009
Subject: A glimpse of American sporting history...
The temptation is great to review the reviewers, rather than the film: do any of them shoot? Do they even KNOW any shooters? Close-minded prejudice, if you ask me: it doesn't only come in colors, you know.

But, on to the movie: after an introduction stilted even by period standards, we move on to the meat of the film: a visit to the premier national events for American target shooters, both shotgunners and riflemen and women--as they are quick to note. The trap event has moved from Vandalia; Skeet is shot by different rules today; and I don't know enough about Camp Perry to judge how much it's changed. But all the events show an America at the beginning of the post-war boom in leisuretime activities.

Then we have two hunting episodes, one upland game (pheasants) with shotguns over a brace of dogs, setter and pointer; and one big game (deer) with high-powered rifles. Here again, much has changed: no blaze orange, for one thing.

The mantra (whatever another reviewer may think, hardly surprising and certainly laudable in a film devoted to inculcating safe gun handling) is: safety. Yes, you hear this over and over. It can't, frankly, be said enough. And yes, I AM a shooter.
Reviewer: Spuzz - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 2, 2003
Subject: Oh Dear.
Innocent (I'm sure) film made for young un's just waiting to shoot probably will get people up in arms (excuse the pun) today. In the danger.. I'm sorry DEMOCRATIC world where gun owners keep their guns unloaded and aim them away from everyone else (this is repeated over and over again) Jimmy and his sister go on a trip, visiting many different gun ranges and finding out about different types of shooting. His sister, who is in a skeet shooting tournament, wins! Soon, Jimmy takes all the he has learned home, and he's off shooting ducks, wild game, and nearly the telegram messenger which just happens to be at the hunting lodge (hmm).
One other fascinating detail about this film is the lack of parental supervision here. Jimmy as I have said, goes on a trip with his sister. Father can't come because he has to stay behind to work at the hospital. When father and son go off shooting ducks, Father goes off alone, while son goes with the guide. Same goes with the wild game expedition. A rather curious sidebar, one which I have no idea why. Reccomended!
Reviewer: Steve Nordby - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 13, 2003
Subject: "Gee Dad!"
Jimmy gets a gun and goes to shoot things for the fun of it. Of course, Dad has to stay close to the hospital for awhile (for the people Jimmy only wounded?). Oh but it's "the most democratic of sports." (Would Dubbya and Rummy and the cast of neo-cons say the same of the summer 2003 situation in Iraq?). "But winning is only part of the thrill!" Beware the element of surprise! Jimmy was sure a lucky boy! He handled his gun carefully! The fun of 22 rifles places the fun of guns in the reach of all!

But they are impatient now and need to go hunting. Not Fred or Dad, but birds! Unload the gun at lunch so you don't discharge!

But that's not enough, and Jimmy kills a duck, the biggest thrill he has ever experienced!

The 22 is fun, but Jimmy wants a big rifle to shoot big game. Fred helps out and there goes the target! Whoa! Jimmy's a big boy now!

Messenger boy gets an urgent message to take to Jimmy's doctor dad, but wait! Jimmy almost shoots him!

Happy ending ensues.
Reviewer: Psychaos - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 26, 2003
Subject: Strange Movie
This movie is strange. I say this because I was only half watchin it, and I'm not sure what it's about cuz I had my sound turned off. I watched one scene with sound, and it was funny only because of it's stupidity. I'll give the movie 5 stars though, because the kid almost gets shot near the end. I'd give it 2600 stars, but the kid only gets injured.... Too bad.
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